Element Pictures today announced that Shadow Dancer has been selected to have a gala out of competition screening at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival which takes place from 9 -19 February  2012. This festival is undoubtedly one of the most important dates for the international film industry with over 400 films screened through-out the 10 day festival.

Shadow Dancer, directed by James Marsh has a stellar cast including Clive Owen , Gillian Anderson and Andrea Riseborough  Irish actors include Aidan Gillen and Domhnall Gleeson.

Shadow Dancer tells the story of single mother, Colette McVeigh who when caught red handed in London by the MI5 is given a simple choice: either spend 25 years in jail without seeing her 6 year old son grow up or return to home to spy on her brother, leader of the Belfast IRA and the last obstacle to a viable peace process.

It is the story of one woman’s incredible fight to protect her son whilst being forced to betray those she loves. Shadow Dancer is written by Tom Bradby and is based on his novel, which he wrote 12 years ago after spending 2 years as ITN political correspondent in Belfast.

Commenting on the selection Element Pictures Producers Andrew Lowe & Ed Guiney ‘are delighted that James’ brilliant film will have its European premiere at the Berlinale where we enjoyed such a warm reception with The Guard last year’

Shadow Dancer is a Unanimous Entertainment, Element Pictures and WildBunch Production in association with LipSync Productions with the participation of the Irish Film Board. Irish audiences will have an opportunity to see 9 -19th in cinemas when it goes on theatrical release later this year.


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